|THE CURRENT CONTEXT
The current school year has brought with it so many changes to the daily functioning of school. Some key changes this year include: increased safety protocols, class cohorts, inability to gather the entire school, and changes to how teachers teach has greatly impacted staff, students and families. Learning new ways to communicate with families, new ways to instruct, all while trying to keep students calm and engaged has been the priority. Managing the various levels of anxiety of staff, students and families is crucial in a time of general uncertainty.
At Lord Kelvin, community connection has always been a key component to our daily functioning. Considering this year’s difficulties, we feel it is essential to create connections with students, classes and families and bring as much normalcy and stability to the school culture as possible.
|GOAL: WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE
| Our Goal: Maintain and strengthen our school community connection between students, classes, staff and families.
We are striving to ensure our community feels:
- A sense of belonging, connected, safe, secure, appreciated
- Motivated to come to school and excited to learn
- Supported by the school staff
|PLAN: THE STEPS WE WILL TAKE
- A general sense of ease and happiness during this time
- A sense of belonging and feeling connected, safe, secure, appreciated
- Students feel calm and secure so that they are able to engage in learning
- Parents and students are aware of ways to communicate with school staff
How will we create a sense of connectedness?
- Students hosting a live morning “CLKS TV News Broadcast” that will be seen in each classroom through MS Teams
- Showcasing student work with families through: MS Teams, FreshGrade, weekly emails
- School wide Christmas Sing-A-Long with Mrs. Paul, Christmas Concert Videos
- Virtual ‘Buddy’ classes
- Various class showcases of special learning activities, such as cultural dances, Orange Shirt Day, Pink Shirt Day
- Live broadcast assemblies through MS Teams to be viewed by classes on the TV. Some examples include:
- Terry Fox Assembly
- Remembrance Day Assembly
- Martin Luther King Jr./ Black Shirt Day
- Celebration of Learning Assemblies (COLA)
- Connecting with families through the food (fruit & vegetables) support program
- Breakfast program and FuelUp lunches
|SUCCESS INDICATORS: HOW WE WILL KNOW THAT OUR ACTIONS ARE HAVING THE DESIRED IMPACT
- Celebration of Learning Assemblies (COLA): picture evidence of success in the classroom and in creating a learning atmosphere
- Student reflections: “At the beginning of the year I felt/thought…” “I am now feeling…”
- FreshGrade / MS Teams engagement
- School Wide Visuals showing connectedness activities (Kindness posters, …)
- Interviews with parents, students and staff
- Parent responses via email and FreshGrade regarding student progress and engagement/participation
- School wide activities: Similar activities for all classes: Terry Fox Shoes, Orange Shirt Day, Christmas Concert – each class sang 3 songs sent in edited video to families, Black Shirt Day, Pink Shirt Day, Indigenous education activities with Roslyn, Halloween costume parade (outside), Kelvin Gift Company (smaller scale) and Community School Programs
|COMMUNICATION: HOW WE WILL SHARE OUR LEARNING JOURNEY WITH OUR COMMUNITY
We will share the learning journey through video messages to families and through our CLKS morning news show with students.